Shooting Investigation-valiant circle
On Thursday, December 18, 2008 at approximately 2045 hours, Senior Trooper D. S. See received a call for service from State Police Communications in Charles Town regarding a fight in progress with shots fired in the 500 block of Valiant Circle, in the Springer Run Mobile Home Community located off Back Creek Valley Road within Berkeley County. While traveling to this location, Senior Trooper See was advised that two males were engaged in a physical altercation and several shots had been fired. Senior Trooper See was further advised one male subject was believed to be injured possibly suffering a gunshot wound.
Senior Trooper See, Senior Trooper J. D. Schuessler, and Trooper W. M. Roden arrived on scene at approximately 2100 hours. Senior Trooper See made contact with Mr. Kerns, the park manager, who advised the victim was inside his residence located at 533 Valiant Circle, and the suspect was believed to be inside his residence located 523 Valiant Circle. Senior Trooper See observed a female standing in the front yard of the residence located at 523 Valiant Circle and identified her as Robin Diehl, wife of the suspect. Ms. Diehl advised her husband was involved in a fight with the neighbor, Larry Kidd, and consequently obtained a shotgun from inside the residence and fired several shots. Ms. Diehl further advised her husband, Hugo Diehl, had fled the scene in a 1992 Chevrolet truck possibly en route to his mother's residence in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania.
The aforementioned Troopers proceeded to clear the residence to ensure Mr. Diehl was not present. After determining Mr. Diehl had departed the residence, Senior Trooper See made contact with the victim, Larry Kidd. Mr. Kidd advised he went outside to start his truck so he could inflate the tire. Mr. Kidd further advised Mr. Diehl came outside his residence with a pair of nun-chuks and proceeded to strike his vehicle causing damage to same. Mr. Kidd stated he got out of his truck and Mr. Diehl struck him in the head with the nun-chuks. Upon being struck in the head, Mr. Kidd said he threw Mr. Diehl on the ground and took the nun-chuks from him. Mr. Diehl then went inside his residence and obtained a pump style shotgun and returned outside firing three shots at Mr. Kidd. Mr. Kidd was not struck by any of the shots fired by Mr. Diehl. Mr. Kidd advised he ran around his trailer into the residence of his neighbor.
Senior Trooper See observed a laceration on the left side of Mr. Kidd's head as a result of being struck by the nun-chuks. Senior Trooper See also observed three twelve gauge shotgun casings in the driveway of Mr. Kidd's residence and the pair of nun-chuks was located inside Mr. Kidd's residence. Senior Trooper See and Senior Trooper Schuessler processed the scene and collected the evidence. Senior Trooper See will be charging Hugo Henry Diehl with wanton endangerment and malicious wounding with arrests forthcoming.